In its programme for 2009/2010, the Bauhaus Kolleg XI will focus on the urban education infrastructures of post-war modernism. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, the emergence of the modern welfare state, the rise of the consumer society and growing mobility all improved access to education. The shift in social realities after WWII also forced a revision of the role and tenor of the state’s educational institutions. In many parts of the world, the competition for participation in the cities’ resources of education and knowledge centred on universities and schools. The foundation of new university campuses at that time gave voice to the thirst for education, and the spirit of reformation. The campus was built in a rural environment outside the city limits, to allow access to knowledge and education in concentrated form in quasi-monastic solitude, undisturbed by the city’s diversions. At the same time, educational reform movements tailored to local needs originated in the cities, and these sought to redefine relations between local area, school and city.
The Bauhaus Kolleg XI will come to grips with these diverse urban education and knowledge infrastructures of post-war modernism in academic and design-related work. Updating these modern approaches emerges from a revived interest in the knowledge resource of post-Fordian urban development. The integral connectedness of city and knowledge also forces a revision of urban educational institutions. Questions of equitable access to knowledge in the city, as they were raised in post-war modernity, are of renewed relevance. Based on two case studies, the Bauhaus Kolleg XI will explore the genesis of the modern education infrastructure and focus on its currency for the reform of contemporary urban educational contexts.
1st Semester (Theory and Analysis)
2nd Semester (Project Phase)
15.03. 2010 – 25.06.2010